No doubt, remote work is on the rise and you already know why. Unfortunately, as the number of wannabe remote workers continues increasing, the positions available are becoming hard to find.
While some companies openly advertise for remote workers, others do not bother even though they wouldn’t mind having such employees. It all boils down to the techniques you apply to your remote job search and where you are looking for the jobs.
Except you are ready to be paid pennies, you shouldn’t even think about job sites like Fiver and Upwork. Beside the ridiculous pay on these sites, they are mainly for freelance jobs and as such the worst places to look for serious remote jobs.
So where can you find all those friendly remote jobs?
Online job boards that worked best for me (all happen to be free; at least at the time of writing this post).
Don’t worry, like you, I’m also in a hurry to start spilling out everything. But still I would like to bring a few things to your notice again even though we might have actually touched them before. I just don’t want you to miss out on anything.
Here are some things I like you to look over again before you begin your job hunt:
Know the kind of work you are looking for
Real remote jobs are very easy to confuse with freelancing or contracting positions. The latter commonly involves doing from few hours once to two or three scores a week (it could be more depending on the contract or job). However for remote work (at least the type we are talking about), you would be required to take up an actual position as an employee in the company you are applying to.
This explains why freelancing work is easier to find. Luckily, more opportunities are opening for remote work every day, so you have nothing to worry about.
What kind of benefits do you expect?
Having an idea of what to expect from working with any particular company helps you to make up your mind on which positions are really worth considering. It’s no use applying to a company if you are not comfortable with their offerings or benefits.
Many tech companies offer a lot of amazing benefits; some of which are intended to lure new applicants like you. These may include – budgets for home office and personal development, gift cards, retreats, extra funds for vacation, free books and family leave, and so on. You might want to look up the companies’ websites if you want to find more information on what it’s like to work with them.
Personally, I don’t advice you to spend so much time here except you have a particular benefit in mind. Most companies do well when it comes to benefits.
Don’t confuse the Job title
You should know exactly what you are going to be doing if hired:
- Will you be writing content?
- Are you going to be marketing online?
- Will you be managing the company emails?
- Are you going to be a sales representative?
- Or will you be a remote recruiter like me?
The list is endless. The gist is to know what exactly you are going to be doing for your potential employer when hired and you should be able to put this together in a job title. This will help you know the kind of search terms to use.
For instance, if you are looking for a marketing position, your search terms will likely look like the ones below:
- Senior Marketing
- Digital marketing
- Head Marketing
- VP Marketing
- Lead Marketing
- Demand Generation
- Lead Generation and so on
For a software engineering role:
- Software Engineer
- System Expert
- App developer
- Software Analyst
- Software Programmer
- Software Specialist and so on
Searching with specific terms makes it easier to find jobs that match with your skills. When we are recruiting, we look for people with specialized knowledge that can do the job. No one likes to hire “generalist”; so don’t parade yourself as one or you may never find a job that really suits you.
Equip yourself with the right knowledge
Although I already mentioned this in the introductory chapter, I feel like I need to re-emphasize on it here again so that it sticks. If you feel you are not well trained for the role you are applying to, then pause at this point. Go and get more training before you go on with your job search. I guarantee you, the extra time and investment spent in equipping yourself will pay off. Like I said earlier, there are many sites online that are really helpful for this purpose. The ones I recommend include:
- Team Tree House (coding and design)
- Skillshare (varieties)
- Udemy (varieties)
- Udacity (coding)
- Hootsuite Podium (marketing or social media)
- HubSpot Inbound Certification (marketing or social media)
Let your resume be relevant
When it comes to remote work, your resume is meant to be “perfect”. If you want to be accepted, then everything on the resume must be related to the position you are applying for. Don’t include an experience as a cashier in a grocery store if you are applying for a marketing position. To stand out from other applicants, it is important to develop a custom resume that best organizes your skills and experience as they fits each application. Avoid using the same resume for different applications even if the jobs that are being advertised are similar. Believe me that will mar your chances.
You may want to use a file manager like Google Docs to organize each resume based on the job title or position. You can subsequently export them as PDF files.
I think I’ve made my point. Now we are ready to explore the best websites to search for your remote jobs. You are gradually moving closer to your dream of location independence.
When it comes to professional networking, there’s no site as powerful and popular like LinkedIn. Not only is it a platform for job seekers, it has become a hub for recruiters as well. So it goes to say that without an active LinkedIn presence, your job search is yet to be taken seriously.
To date, there are over 450 million people registered on the website, which translates to vast array and assortment of career opportunities including telecommuting and freelance work. To find a good remote work on LinkedIn with minimal effort, your profile needs to be optimized for maximum visibility.
The 3 main options to find work from home jobs on LinkedIn include
- Searching with the JOBS tab
- Joining a discussion group
- Recommendations and word of mouth
- Helps you to connect with recruiters and see credentials of people working for the company, their experience, their background. Don’t be afraid to network with recruiters of companies for which you would like to work.
- Doesn’t allow to set
locationto “remote”, insteadyou have to include it in the search keyword
Indeed is not just my personal favourite, it is arguably the best job hunting site available. And it might interest you to know that I found my current job on the website.
Unlike some of their counterparts, Indeed is completely FREE for both job seekers and employers and features a subdomain for every country across the globe. Their database is constantly flooded with thousands of jobs so you can be rest assured of the wide opportunities they have to offer. Personally, I advise visiting the website every day or at least subscribing to the site so that you don’t miss out on important offers.
To find remote jobs on the website, just type “remote” in the search box that reads “where”. Then click the “Find Jobs” button beside the search box to get in on the remote jobs that are open in your area.
If a job which was recently listed (last day or two) shows that it’s no longer available, look up the company and apply on their career site or send them an e-mail with your cover letter and resume. Odds are that they are overwhelmed with the huge number of applicants and had to shut down the posting early. By contacting them directly, they are more likely to read your e-mail and check out your qualifications. This is how I got one of my 2 job offers.
- Extremely easy to use
- Allows you to set job location to “remote”
- Provides various useful advanced searching filters
- Allows you to get the latest results to your search query as an alert in your inbox daily (do this, it will save you time!)
- Very popular site = more applicants
Another free website you can find great remote job offers is Weworkremotely. However, it is different from other job sites in the sense that it posts only remote work. In other words, the site is meant for only remote job seekers and employers looking to add remote workers to their team.
The jobs posted here are truly legitimate since employers have to pay handsomely to advertise their jobs. So you should expect to find top companies here. Interestingly,
- Truly legitimate jobs; costs $200 for a company to post job ad for just one month
- All jobs listed are 100% remote
- Nicely organized by category
the most part, highly competitive pay
- Extremely high competition
Simply Hired makes it easier to find jobs in various industries using your niche, location and the position you are searching for. Unlike the other job sites we have discussed so far, Simple Hired functions more as a vertical search engine for finding corporate and telecommuting jobs around the world. They are able to accomplish this by clustering job opening from other job sites online.
Simply Hired is unique in the sense that it exposes to more job opportunities on the global scale. These listings include job from countries such as Germany, United States, United Kingdom, Canada and a lot of others.
Besides their job listings, the website also provides various tools and features to make your application easier. A good example is the resume upload feature which allows you to upload your resume when applying for any job.
They also provide various tools and resources to make sure you have a great experience. Some of them include charts, salary calculator, blog and so on.
- Allows you to set search location to “remote”
- Very easy to use UI
- Helps you to know which skills are most in demand by calculating changes in job openings
- less listings than Indeed
There are definitely other places to look but I think the ones mentioned above are the best places to start. You can find more sites by searching for “job board” on Google or any other search query.
Regardless of where you decide to start your search, I want you to:
Beware of scams
Be on the lookout for scams. Some job scams ask applicants to pay a certain sum to submit applications while some just collect user information for malicious activities. There are others that are merely referrals to
The sites discussed above are not only popular but trusted. They’ve been around for some years and have received a lot of positive reviews from both job seekers and recruiters. I highly recommend you focus your attention on them.
Be care with your personal information
Be very careful who you give your personal information to. Personally, I’m extremely hesitant to place my social security number on an online application. I often don’t even apply to a job if that’s a requirement. If you choose to give it away on an initial application, make sure you do some research into the company (perhaps even call their headquarters) and verify that you’re on the legitimate company website, not a spoof site.
Be careful when filling out applications
Be very careful if you’re filling out applications through a public wifi network. You can be a victim of identity theft. Hackers can intercept the data that you’re sending. One of my friends got her banking details stolen from paying a bill online using a fast food restaurant’s wi-fi network. It’s always safer to transmit personal information from a home connection, preferably wired and on a computer with a good firewall.
Avoid job boards that require you to pay for subscriptions
Be wary of job boards that charge a subscription. If you think about it, an employer who wants to have the greatest pool of applicants to choose from would not rely solely on an exclusive paid-for site where the applicant pool would be much smaller. This paid subscription might even be a turn off to highly qualified applicants.From my experience, they’re not worth it and usually post the same jobs available on free job boards.
Google search tricks for finding jobs that aren’t advertised on job boards
- Jobs are usually tracked through some online applicant tracking site, some of those sites include: Fitzii.com, greenhouse.io, jobvite.com, icims.com, lever.com, and smartrecruiters.com
- To find more
sites, google something along the lines of “applicant tracking systems”. These
are the online platforms that companies use to track job listings and
applicants, but don’t allow to be searched by the public…unless you use the
- Place this search query in Google “site:fitzii.com + (remote)” , it will bring up all pages in the site fitzii.com which include the keyword “remote”, you can also add other keywords separating them by a comma such as “site:fitzii.com + (remote, project management)”. You should also search for the keywords “telecommute” and “work from home”. You can also use the same search trick to look for jobs in a particular company, e.g. site:dell.com + (telecommute)”
- You can also just do a conventional google search. The more specific you are, the better your chances of finding desirable job listings. For example – “remote senior marketing director”.
Finally, I always recommend googling company reviews before applying. You probably don’t want to waste your time applying for a really crummy company.